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Don't Tempt Me (Fallen Women #2)

3.8  ·  Rating details ·  3,377 Ratings  ·  290 Reviews
"Spunky English girl overcomes impossible odds and outsmarts heathen villains."

That’s the headline when Zoe Lexham returns to England. After twelve years in the exotic east, she’s shockingly adept in the sensual arts. She knows everything a young lady shouldn't and nothing she ought to know. She’s a walking scandal, with no hope of a future...unless someone can civilize he
Mass Market Paperback, 353 pages
Published June 30th 2009 by Avon Books (first published 2009)
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Talulah Mankiller
Apr 22, 2010 rated it did not like it
So, although I am a Romance novel fan, I don’t exactly keep abreast (heh) of what everyone’s writing–except maybe Eloisa James, because I’m apparently contractually obligated to buy her latest book, a 3 Musketeer’s Bar, and a diet coke and consume all three in an orgy of stereotypical American femaleness. Sometimes I even dye my hair red while I’m doing it.


Anyway, I’m a fan, but I’m not a good fan, so I didn’t know anything about Don’t Tempt Me until I read this review–desp
Jul 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
Zoe Lexham, after twelve years has return to England from being a captive of a harem. A walking scandal with adept knowledge of the sensual arts, her family is at odds at what to do in order for her be welcome back into the ton.
Her knight in not shining armor and childhood friend, Lucien de Grey, The Duke of Marchmont finds it his duty to his old guardian and friend Lord Lexham to find a way to have the ton accept Zoe, what he didn’t expect was the attraction between him and Zoe that may lead
Jun 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Loretta Chase
Another one that came very close to being five stars, if it wasn't for the unnecessary suspense plot added at the very end. This isn't Lord of Scoundrels or Mr. Impossible but it is a good example of why Loretta Chase is one of the top historical romance writers.

Zoe Lexham has always been the rebel of the eight Lexham children - willful, stubborn, and fiercely independent, given to daring feats and running away. No matter her past behavior, Society, her family, and most of all Lucien de Grey is
Not enough of a plot to hold my attention, so I gave this one up more than half-way through. Too much emphasis on London's society rules, social norms, proper dress appearance, getting accepted in society by snobs and gossip. Ugh.

Hoped the story would move out of this, but it did not. With a few extremely minor exceptions, nothing happened other than Lucien (Duke of Marchmount also called Marchmount throughout most of the book) trying to help Zoe become excepted by society after she was returned
Nov 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
This was my first Loretta Chase book, and I really became a fan of hers! In "Don't Tempt Me", Zoe Lexham has found her way home to London after 12 years of exile in the East. She was kidnapped and sold into slavery on a family trip there when she was only 12 years old. Lucien de Grey, Duke of Marchmont, is determined to prove that the woman claiming to be Zoe is lying, but one look proves she is the spirited childhood friend that he'd given up on ever seeing again. Lucien decides that its his du ...more
I've given this an A+ for narration and a B for content at Audiogals, which I suppose makes something like 4.5 stars, but I'm rounding up because -Kate Reading.

Wonderful as it is to have another new-to-audio story from the terrific team of Loretta Chase and Kate Reading, I’m a little bit sad, too, as Don’t Tempt Me and Your Scandalous Ways complete the set of recordings of Ms Chase’s backlist titles. In case someone with clout is reading this, I’m sure fans won’t object to recordings of the nove
Lady Jaye
Reading this book made me angry. Mostly because of the heroine. All the other characters were bland/stupid/inconsequential/did not signify, even the hero, so the only person worth talking about is the heroine.

I would be hard-pressed to find a stupider, selfisher, more idiotic, more obnoxious, more slap/smack-worthy female in any book I've read all year. Or ever. In fact, the only other character I can think of who comes close to her is the heroine in A Little Bit Wild.

Beyond stupid. Beyond horr
Beanbag Love
Nov 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
This isn't the best Loretta Chase book, but it's certainly not near the worst. It's actually very enjoyable. The end peters out a bit strangely, but overall this book was much better than I thought it would be based on other reviews I've seen.

Lucien and Zoe are a really great couple. Chase does her patented and peerless manipulation of the reader to make a hero who is a paradigm of lazy, arrogant, selfishness actually lovable. The specifics fill out the model and you just have to feel for the gu
Alba Turunen
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Estrellas, y me ha dejado más satisfecha de lo que pensaba. Iba muy escéptica cuando lo empecé, porque la sinopsis me parecía muy inverosímil, y admito que también la historia del pasado de Zoe. Pero no sé cómo lo ha hecho Loretta Chase, que quienes me han ganado han sido sus personajes y han hecho que el libro valiera la pena.

Lucien y Zoe se conocen de toda la vida, él era el chico huérfano del mejor amigo de su padre y vivieron siempre como hermanos. Zoe, con su vitalidad y dulzura era una c
Apr 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Loretta Chase can be called a save bet for me, and I'm more than glad (and somehow relieved) that I really enjoyed this one.

I loved the hero, because Chase can create the most enticing heroes who are strong and manly and dominant and all that stuff, but at the same time have a vulnerability and a ... just something that makes them stand out from other stereotypical heroes.
The heroine, a somewhat only half fallen, rather on the bridge of being fallen woman is funny, quirky, innocent, self-confi
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
I hovered between 3.5 and 4 stars for this book, which overall I really enjoyed. On the surface, the storyline is pretty far-fetched, with Zoe newly returned to her family in London at age 24 after finally escaping a harem in Egypt. She had been kidnapped as a twelve-year-old while on holiday with her parents, and spent the time since in the harem as a 'wife' to a man who is impotent. His father bought her and gave her to him in hopes that her 'exotic' beauty would tempt him to a functional sex ...more
I LOVED this book! I thought it was so funny and there are too many hilarious moments to mention!

Zoe Octavia Lexham has been held captive as a harem slave for 12 years in Egypt. She finally escaped and returned to her family in England only to find that she doesn't quite fit in. She knows too many things a young English lady should not know and doesn't know what is or is not proper topics of conversation.

For instance- "Zoe had found out that one was not allowed to mention a great many subjects:
Jan 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Lucien de Grey, the Duke of Marchmont has an interesting history with Lord Lexham’s daughter, Zoe Octavia. When a ten-year-old Lucien lost his parents, his father’s best friend, who happened to be Lexham, took him and his brother Gerard into his home. Lucian and Gerard were quite welcomed into the Lexham brood. But the child who makes the most impression on Lucian, is five-year-old Zoe Octavia. Zoe was there always annoying Lucien and getting into trouble. She had a bad habit of running away and ...more
Jocelyn No
Jul 13, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Good novel by a great author - I enjoyed it but wouldn't re-read it, hence the 3-star rating.

This novel was unbelivable in a fun way, like many of Chase's best (Mr. Impossible is a good example). Plucky English girl is abducted at 12 and held in the harem of an eastern pasha with erectile dysfunction, and escapes at the age of 24 and returns to England to find love with her father's ward, the Duke.

Yes, it stretches your credulity, but ironically I had no problem with the virgin harem girl plot p
Jul 16, 2009 rated it did not like it
An odd and to me offensive book, one that feels as if the talented Chase just mailed it in. Drawing on the white slavery trope, the novel features a girl kidnapped in Egypt at the age of 12 and given as a "wife" to an impotent prince. Escaping at the age of 24, Zoe returns to England but needs to find a powerful husband in order to take her rightful place in ton society. That a girl who was kidnapped at 12, who stayed in another culture for 12 more years, and who was taught about sexuality in a ...more
Carolyn F.
Apr 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Loved this book, especially the way Zoe, who has changed a lot since she was child, just says whatever is on her mind. I also loved how she didn't act like a coquette and just took whatever Lucien gave her. Nice change of pace from the normal "Historical Romance". Great book!
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars - excellent and an original storyline
Liz F
Apr 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really don't like reading series books out of order. But I just couldn't resist this one! It sounded so good!! A woman (Zoe Lexham) is kidnapped as a child and is forced into a harem for 10 years! Now, you find out through the course of the story that although she was in this harem of some Egyptian king's favorite son, she was still a virgin. To me, this is THE most unbelievable thing I have EVER read. Come on!! Still a virgin?! She explains that the king's son was ill and whatever illness it ...more
Oct 21, 2011 rated it liked it
A fun and fluffy romance. So far my least favorite of Chase's novels. I think mostly because the heroine got on my nerves. She was smart and clever and caring but quite often she made the most ridiculous choices it annoyed me. It was almost as if she wanted the world to revolve around her - and this could quite be the case considering she was the youngest of a large family and had spent 12 years as a captive. But I think my issue was that she was so clearheaded about everything else; this stubbo ...more
Beni Baştan Çıkartma dialoglarıyla sizi eğlendiren, kimi zaman sinirlendiren hoş bir kitap. Ama malesef çevirisinin kurbanı oldu. O açıdan kitapta çeviri yüzünden kızdığım çok yerler oldu. Ben gülerek okudum çoğunluğunu. Konusu Zoe adlı kızımız 12 yaşında bir Mısır seyahatinde hizmetçisi tarafından kaçırılır. Ama ailesine kaçtığı söylenir. Yıllarca araştırmadan sonra kızı bulamazlar. Zoe 12 yaşından beri bir harem de yaşıyordur. Bir gün tesadüfi mi yoksa komplo mu bilinmez hem kocası hemde kayna ...more
Nov 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
This one was a smooth running story with a good dialog you came to expect from Ms. Chase writing. But it made me feel like a pearl diver who jumped to retrieve a promising oyster, opened it, and, instead of a beautiful pearl, found a small lackluster specimen. The story could be so much richer if the transformation of “The Harem Girl” to a member of the upper echelon of society was not done so quickly and smoothly. The heroine experience in captivity was sprinkled throughout the book and I kept ...more
Mishelle LaBrash
May 17, 2010 rated it it was ok
This is the first, and most likely the last book, I have read by Loretta Chase. The story itself, would have been ingenious, if it had been executed with anything even resembling... Well it seems I'm even at a loss of words to inspire me... Maybe it was catching?!? I've heard great things about this Author, and she had come highly recommended. So you could imagine my surprise when I found myself reading, page after page of painfully boring droll. It did have a half dozen, extremely funny, laugh ...more
Aug 25, 2013 marked it as will-not-finish-ever
DNF -- not my cup of tea

In order for me to enjoy a period piece I need to be sucked into that time from page 1. This story felt like a modern telling conveniently placed in the past. Also, I knew I was going to grow sick of the H's "shuttered" eyes--I mean who really does that.

Maybe I'll come back to this, but there are so many books to read.
May 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
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It is a truth accepted and confirmed by us, Book Smugglers, that if you are in search of a good romance novel you should look no further than the “C” in your local book store. It is there that you will find Loretta Chase’s books in all their splendid quality that comes from all The Loretachaseness in them: wonderful dialogue, the light and yet deeply emotional plots and wonderful heroes and heroines.

Don’t Tempt Me is yet another one to those books by the author in which every sin
Oct 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I read it in only a few hours, the pace of the story and the witty repartee between the characters kept me smiling and engaged the whole time.

Lucien de Gray, Duke of Marchmont and Zoe Octavia Lexham knew each other as children. After the death of Lucien's parents, Zoe's father stood in loco parentis to the young boy and his elder brother and the families spent much time together. Lucien and Zoe have a connection even as children. After the death of his brother in a ri
Gokce ~Muslin Myst~
Now, I was 'tempted' to give this 4 stars but a few things got in my way. But still this was a good historical romance, a fun book to read and some parts really was funny and they entertained me.

Zoe, an englishwoman who's famous for her rule-breaking and runaways, is kidnapped from a family holiday in Egypt when she was twelve years old and sold to a harem. The book starts after twelve years of Zoe's kidnapping, when she finally manages to escape the Harem and finds her way into England. Lucien
Zoe and Lucien. I ended up liking this one more than I thought I would.
Zoe was a wild child until she disappears during a trip with her family to Egypt. After Lucien's parents died and he and his brother were taken in by Zoe's father, she became a favourite person of Lucien's. Then Lucien's brother died too and it seemed that Zoe was all he had left until she disappeared. Zoe spent 12 years as the wife (married) at 12 to a desert prince who was impotent. She finally manages to escape and return
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Listened to the Audio Version. I really enjoyed this one. Not my favorite by this author but there were many elements that kept me listening.

Quick Rundown: Chick was the free spirited youngest daughter of a loving father who was kidnapped somewhere in the dessert- Egypt maybe? can't remember. But she mysteriously shows back up after an escape where she was a concubine to a very sickly son of a Prince and therefore still a virgin. She had to relearn the English language and of course, her harpy s
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Loretta Lynda Chekani was born in 1949, of Albanian ancestry. For her, the trouble started when she learned to write in first grade. Before then, she had been making up her own stories but now she knew how to write them down to share. In her teenage years, she continue to write letters, keep a journal, write poetry and even attempt the Great American Novel (still unfinished). She attended New Engl ...more
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  • Your Scandalous Ways (Fallen Women, #1)
“He cleared his throat, "Zoe, i think you said you love me."
"I did say it. I do love you with all my heart."
"I see." There was a long pause, then he said, "For how long has this been going on?"
"I don't know," she said, "Sometimes i think it started a long, long time ago."
"You might have mentioned it."
"I didn't want to encourage it," she said, "I thought it was a bad idea.”
“Do you remember little Zoe Octavia Lexham?' he said.
His aunt cast her pale blue gaze in the direction of the great chandelier, as though that was where she kept her memory. 'Zoe Octavia,' she said.”
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